ECB 4 Three Kings United 2 played 16/05/2015 at Bays City Park

Two goals in the first four minutes put East Coast Bays in the driving seat but they eased off allowing Three Kings back into the game with the scores equal at half time.  A strong defensive game in the second half frustrated the visitors and Bays found the back of the net twice to record another victory.


It all started so well. Three Kings were quickly on attack from the opening whistle with Alex Carr having to save from Ben Hunt. Bays cleared the resultant corner, and a fast break saw Zane Olla put the ball in the net.


Three Kings kicked off, lost the ball, another Bays attack saw Jason McKeown collect a pass from Dylan Stansfield and hit a low drive into the corner of the net to put Bays two up with only four minutes played.


Bays supporters were stunned as clinical finishing has not been the team’s strongest point so far and it could have been a third moments later, but a poor pass from Stansfield to Olla, thwarted the chance.


Three Kings regrouped and gradually found their way back into the game and just on the half hour, Dylan Manickum forced home from close range. This further energised the visitors started to apply pressure forcing a series of corners. From one of these corners the ball was poorly cleared and Hunt was on hand to put his header past Carr and draw Three Kings level.


In the dying minutes of the half, Carr again denied Manickum and Three Kings keeper, Sacha Nathu, cut out a Dillon Barnett cross with players waiting.


Three Kings had a couple of good chances early in the second half but one attempt was wide and the other squirmed across the goalmouth with players unable to get to it.


A Bays corner in the 57th minute allowed James Anderson to outwit the defenders and power a header past a helpless Nathu into the net, restoring the lead. Nathu then saved at Anderson’s feet before twice denying Judd Baker.


A Joe Bresnahan drive was palmed on to the crossbar by Nathu, who then collected the rebound to deny any follow up.


At the other end, Allan Pearce blew a good chance following a break. Three Kings were becoming frustrated and several chances were wasted due to poor finishing.


With the clock winding down, another Bays attack allowed Stansfield to get on the end of a Jack Anderson cross and tuck the ball past Nathu and restore the two goal cushion.


Three Kings refused to lie down and twice Bays had to clear the ball off the line in the final minutes.

A very good win over one of the title contenders, the team are starting to play to their potential.


Team:  Carr, Barnett, Robinson, Beguely, Estrin (Forrester 21), James Anderson, Bresnahan,  McKeown, McMinn (Baker 46), Stansfield, Olla (Jack Anderson 75)


Scorers:  Olla 3,  McKeown 4, James Anderson 57,  Stansfield 85


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